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Private tour guide Karen

Karen C.

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Kia Ora. . . . Hello. . . . I am an Aussie Kiwi and have been living in beautiful New Zealand since 2005.

I really enjoy being able to provide amazing experiences for visitors to our beautiful part of New Zealand. I grew up in Australia and spent time as a school teacher in the suburbs before establishing my own Outdoor Education Adventure Centre south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands. I converted an old farm into an adventure centre for school groups and I really enjoyed this work for over 25 years.

After selling my business in Australia and moving to New Zealand I became interested in tourism and decided I wanted to share my new "backyard" with visitors so I started a new business, dedicated to providing exceptional experiences for visitors to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

We are so lucky here in Tauranga as we have so many options to choose from - the hardest part is deciding where you want to go for the day when you visit. We can stay local around Tauranga learning about the history of this fast growing regional centre. We can visit kiwi fruit and avocados and hear about their importance to our economy. We can explore our stunning beaches and rural landscapes, native bush and beautiful waterfalls. Or we can go further afield to search for Hobbits in Middle Earth or see bubbling mud pools and steaming lakes in Rotorua.

Choose one of my ready designed tours or let me customise a Private Tour just for you. Custom tours are my specialty and I can help plan the perfect day for you to maximise your time, photos and memories!

Thank you for your time to read my introduction and your consideration to have me show you my New Zealand "backyard". I look forward to meeting you!

A Recent Review of this guide

It was a joy to spend the day with Karen. She was fun and informative about Tauranga and the surrounding area. Would recommend her highly.
Janice Caller

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Passenger endorsed Drivers License as required by NZ law
Authorised to drive up to 16 passengers at one time
Red Cross First Aid Certification
Professional Membership and Secretary of Tauranga Cruise Tour Operators Association
Member of Tourism Bay of Plenty
Bachelor of Arts with Diploma of Education
30 years in education
Director of a tour company located in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty with Qualmark Certification
Vehicles with NZ Transport Passenger Service Licensing


- I can access vehicles for up to 45 passengers. If you have a larger group, please ask me for a quote.
- All cruise ship passengers are met at the Port exit gates. Detailed meeting directions are provided.

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Private tour guide Karen

Tauranga Scenic Explorer

Sites and Bites of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

600 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

5 hours

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Private tour guide Karen

Rotorua Living Maori Village Tour


Visit and authentic Maori Village and see how they harness the geothermal,...

685 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

7 hours

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Hobbiton Magic


Come on a fantastical adventure to Middle Earth and search for Bilbo,...

819 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

6 hours

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